One of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park, once the private hunting grounds of the maharajas of Jaipur, covers an area of 400 sq km. Although Ranthambore is famous for its tigers, it is also home to a large variety of animals, including sambar deer, panthers, marsh crocodiles, sloth bears and leopards, as well as being a bird watcher’s delight with more than 250 species of birds nesting there. The best time to see wildlife is between October and May – 4×4 safaris are subject to availability at the time of booking. Beyond the wildlife, visitors can also discover a majestic eighth-century fort, ancient temple ruins, run-down palaces and lakes within the park. Cox & Kings recommends at least a 2-night stay in Ranthambore.
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